'Spoken from the heart': Chris Gayle admits 'damaging' comments about Ramnaresh Sarwan virus
LONDON: flamboyant hitter Chris Gayle He said Friday that he kept his comments on the feelings of resentment on his departure from the Jamaica Tallawahs team in the Caribbean Premier League .
However, he admitted that his description of the former West Indies teammate Ramnaresh Sarwan as worse than the coronavirus they were harmful.
Gayle, 40, was released by the Tallawahs' Twenty20 franchise last month and the big starter held assistant coach Sarwan accountable during a remarkable 15-minute video posted on his YouTube channel.
Right now Sarwan, you are worse than the coronavirus, Gayle said.
You are a snake, you are so vindictive yet immature, you still stab people in the back.
After being summoned to explain his comments, Gayle tried on Friday to draw a line under the controversy.
I made these videos with one intention: to explain to fans in Jamaica the reasons behind what has now become my second departure from the Tallawahs franchise, he said in a statement.
It was my greatest wish to finish my CPL career in Jamaica, playing in front of my home crowd at Sabina Park with the franchise that I had previously led to two CPL titles.
As for my resentment for the treatment, I keep my comments on those videos. My words were spoken from the heart.
Gayle, however, admitted that such remarks may be viewed as being damaging to Cricket West Indies, and to the CPL Tournament and its brand.
It was never my intention to damage the T20 Tournament, as playing in the CPL has guaranteed an opportunity for the past seven years to play in front of the great fans of the Caribbean. This is a privilege which I genuinely appreciate and have never taken for granted.
Veteran left-handed Gayle, who has since joined the Saint Lucia Zouks for this year's edition of the CPL starting in August, led the Tallahwahs to the title in 2013 and 2016.
Then, after a spell with the Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the Jamaican rejoined the franchise last year.
Although Gayle scored 116 in his second game, he only managed 243 runs in 10 innings when the Tallawah finished at the bottom of the table.
Gayle spent much of his Test career on the same side of the West Indies as his bat-mate Sarwan, who retired from international service in 2016.
Self-styled 'Universe Boss', Gayle has not played for the West Indies since last year's World Cup.